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Bloody or cute, ‘Chappie’ misses by a mile

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Wrongheaded in conception, eye-rolling in execution, “Chappie” is a childish blend of the cute robot goofiness of “Short Circuit” and the bloody-minded mayhem of “RoboCop.”
 
‘Aftermath,’ filmed in Saratoga, finally comes home

‘Aftermath,’ filmed in Saratoga, finally comes home

Thursday, March 5, 2015
Tom Farone’s film, “Aftermath,” which was shot in 2007 and 2008, partly in Saratoga Springs, will be shown at the Bow Tie Criterion Cinema beginning Friday night for two weeks.
 
'Focus' leads tepid weekend at the movies
NEW YORK

'Focus' leads tepid weekend at the movies

Sunday, March 1, 2015
Will Smith’s con-man caper “Focus” disrobed “Fifty Shades of Grey” at the box office, but the film’s modest $19.1 million opening still left questions about the drawing power of the once unstoppable star.
 

Russian film depicts one man’s struggle with corrupt system

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
Desperation runs through the frozen ground and swelling seas in “Leviathan,” director Andrey Zvyagintsev’s devastatingly beautiful and grand tale of man’s ever deepening helplessness against a corrupt state and an indifferent God.
 
Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in entertaining 'Focus'

Smith, Robbie pour on the charm in entertaining 'Focus'

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
If the mark of a good con artist is that he or she makes you think you know exactly what’s going on — when of course you haven’t a clue — that’s also the mark of a good con-artist movie, isn’t it?
 

Striking and eerie ‘Babadook’ a phenomenal standout

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
“The Babadook“ is urgent, uncanny and entirely disturbing, a dream within a dream within a nightmare. It is the best English language supernatural film of this new century.
 

Smart, hip ‘Lazarus’ nearly raises horror genre from the dead

Friday, Feb. 27, 2015
“The Lazarus Effect” is what happens when hip, smart actors commit themselves to a horror movie, body and soul.
 
Oscar winner 'Ida' sparks accusations of being anti-Polish

Oscar winner 'Ida' sparks accusations of being anti-Polish

Thursday, Feb. 26, 2015
The Oscar-winning Polish film "Ida" has found an enthusiastic reception worldwide. But in Poland it has provoked a debate over whether the film is anti-Polish.
 
Shenendehowa graduates took different routes to Oscar wins
CLIFTON PARK

Shenendehowa graduates took different routes to Oscar wins

Wednesday, Feb. 25, 2015
What do “Big Hero 6” — a Disney animation feature with a white, oversized, plush, inflatable robot named BayMax — and “Whiplash” — an independent jazz drama — have in common? The films allowed Shenendehowa graduates Thomas Curley and Jason Figliozzi to each secure and Oscar.
 
Shenendehowa grad wins Oscar

Shenendehowa grad wins Oscar

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Former Capital Region resident Thomas Curley has something in common with movie stars Eddie Redmayne and Julianne Moore.
 
Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Oscars speeches filled with political activism, pet issues

Monday, Feb. 23, 2015
Much of the chatter going into the Oscars was about the lack of diversity in the Academy's choices, specifically the dearth of nominations for "Selma."
 
High collars, demure gowns on Oscars red carpet

High collars, demure gowns on Oscars red carpet

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Classic Hollywood took hold of the Oscars red carpet Sunday night — and color made a show among early walkers that included Anna Kendrick in a demure pale coral look with a jeweled halter collar.
 
'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy
LOS ANGELES

'Birdman' tops Oscars defined by advocacy

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
The long take of "Birdman" has stretched all the way to the Academy Awards, where the jazzy, surreal comedy about an actor fleeing his superhero past, took Hollywood's top honor.
 
'Fifty Shades' can't be budged from top spot
LOS ANGELES

'Fifty Shades' can't be budged from top spot

Sunday, Feb. 22, 2015
Universal’s erotic drama "Fifty Shades of Grey" earned $23.2 million at No. 1 in its second weekend at the box office, according to studio estimates Sunday.
 
Gazette columnist Sara Foss makes her Oscar contest selections

Gazette columnist Sara Foss makes her Oscar contest selections

Saturday, Feb. 21, 2015
This marks the sixth year The Gazette has sponsored a contest in which readers try to outguess my Oscar predictions.
 
 

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